Rookhow Bunkbarn provides comfortable budget self-catering accommodation and meeting space in the English Lake District. Rookhow is based around the historic Friends Meeting House, built in 1725, the Bunkbarn, and Quakers' Wood - 12 acres of mature mixed woodland.
Rookhow is situated in the secluded Rusland Valley between lakes Windermere and Coniston, within walking distance of Grizedale Forest, and with the Lakeland fells and lake shores just a few minutes away.
The Bunkbarn, originally the stables, has 2/3 sleeping areas for up to 16 people: 8 bunks downstairs, 6 single/bunk beds upstairs, and 2 bed settees in a snug room. Camping is permitted by arrangement for larger groups. The Bunkbarn has 4 showers, 2 WCs and 5 wash basins. The large common room is open plan with a kitchen, dining area and comfortable seating round a wood-burning stove. The kitchen is well equipped with an electric range (double oven), microwave, fridge-freezer, and double sink. There is electric heating throughout. The Bunkbarn does not have a TV, radio, telephone or internet, in keeping with the 'away from it all' peace and simplicity of Rookhow.
Rookhow Meeting House is a beautiful and simple meeting space, built in 1725 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (known as Quakers) and still used by local Friends today. The meeting room is in regular use by those of all denominations and of none, and can be made available for workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats. Local Friends hold an open meeting for worship at Rookhow on the first Wednesday evening of each month, at 7.30pm, which all are welcome to attend.
Price per night: Sole use £250 per night, minimum 2 night stay at weekends. Additional space for camping at £10 per night for adults, £5 for children. Duvet hire £5pp.
Day use of Meeting House: £100 a day.
Rooms & Beds: 16: 1×6, 1×8, plus 2 extra on bed settees. Also camping available.
How to book: Please use our enquiry form below.
Postcode: LA12 8LA. Google Maps
Grid Reference: SD 332 895.
From M6, Junction 36: Follow A590, signs for Barrow. Leave A590 at Greenodd (A5092) junction and follow sign for Workington for 1⁄2 mile. Take minor road to right signed Colton / Oxen Park. Continue through Oxen Park for 4 1⁄2 miles. Rookhow is on the left.
From Ambleside: to Hawkshead, then to Grizedale. Continue beyond Grizedale for 3.5 miles (Satterthwaite – Ulverston Road). Rookhow is on the right.
Trains at Grange-over-Sands and Ulverston. (11 miles, approx £25 by taxi). A seasonal bus service sometimes operates.